“The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ’s priestly, prophetic, and royal office in their own manner, they are called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Church to fulfill in the world, in accord with the condition proper to each one. In virtue of their rebirth in Christ there exists among all the Christian faithful a true equality with regard to dignity and the activity whereby all cooperate in the building up of the Body of Christ in accord with each one’s own condition and function.
The very difference which the Lord has willed to put between the members of his body serve its unity and mission. For in the Church there is diversity of ministry but unity of mission. To the apostles and their successors Christ has entrusted the office of teaching, sanctifying, and governing in his name and by his power. But the laity are made to share in the priestly, prophetical, and kingly office of Christ; they have therefore, in the Church and in the world, their own assignment in the mission of the whole People of God.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church 871 – 873
Acolytes are commissioned by the Archdiocese to purify the vessels used in Eucharistic Celebrations. Acolyte duties include all responsibilities of Sacristans.
This ministry provides members of the parish with a true opportunity to function as lay ministers by reverently assisting the celebrant and/or deacon during Sunday Mass and at special liturgies throughout the year.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the celebrant with the distribution of the Eucharist during Mass and Eucharistic celebrations.
Homebound Eucharistic Ministers
Homebound EM’s distribute Eucharist to sick or homebound parishioners after the Eucharistic celebrations in the Church.
Hospitality Ministers help build an atmosphere of hospitality within the church, and reverently provide any assistance or specific direction to those in need prior to, during, and after the liturgy.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God clearly and understandably so that all who hear may respond.
Sacristans assist, facilitate, and provide support and coordination for other liturgical ministries. In addition, they make the necessary preparations for liturgical activities.